College Grades Question


Mar 7, 2015
Good morning all!

I just had a quick question that maybe someone here can answer. I just finished my 5th semester in college (junior year). I went to a community college with a full scholarship (tuition, books, and lab fees all paid for) an A.S. in Engineering and graduated with my A.S. degree in two years with a 3.4 GPA. I am currently in a Pathways Program at the University of Maryland in College Park for Mechanical Engineering. I am in the Clarke School of Engineering, and the Pathways program is paying for my tuition and books here. Unfortunately the classes are on an off campus site near a Naval Base, two hours from the main campus. So I was not able to join ROTC like I wanted to.

The main question is that I had a rough first semester at College Park and I ended up getting my first D in my college career. I'm devastated about it as I got a nomination. I'm worried that it is going to greatly affect my application. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to send a letter the USNA admissions stating that it was a fluke and it won't happen again. Luckily it wasn't in a class for my major, but I know they will still look down on it.

I am also a third year applicant.

Thank you for reading and answering